Brandon and I stumbled across a well grown Api-api jambu (Avicennia marina) at Pulau Semakau today! This is my first time seeing this particular tree, which is located on the main shore!
From the fruits, flowers, trunk and roots of this tree it sure does look like the Critically Endangered Api-api jambu (Avicennia marina).
Bonduc (Caesalpina bonduc). This is the only known female plant in Singapore so far. And it is fruiting! There are still some green prickly pods. And several brown opened pods. I last checked up on this plant in April.
Bakau pasir (Rhizophora stylosa) is quite common on Pulau Semakau. I had a closer look at them too.
Api-api putih (Avicennia alba).
to remove an abandoned driftnet. Joining us were Dr Daphne and Nicholas, who are going to look for sea anemones on the high shore. The tide is not very low today.
zoanthids (Order Zoanthidea), which are not true sea anemones.
Cryptic sea stars (Cryptasterina sp.) under stones all along the length of the shore! So far, I've only seen this sea star at Pulau Semakau so it's good to know they are quite well distributed along the shore.
Mega Marine Survey at Sungei Pandan, and Dr Tan Koh Siang shared that they are the egg mass of some kind of slug.
at Lim Chu Kang recently. What does this say about Semakau mangroves? It requires more study!
More about the net removal today on the Project Driftnet blog.